VTech DM221 Vs. DM111 Vs DM223

The VTech DM221 emerged as the best sound-only baby monitor in our review here at MotherhoodHQ. The VTech DM221 has excellent sound clarity with some of the best and loudest sounds in the group.

VTech DM221 is currently the 3rd best-selling baby monitor as of March 9th, 2020, coming behind other top monitors such as Infant Optics and VTech DM111. I deleted March 9th, 2020 because this brand is still the 3rd best-selling brand when I checked in October 2022, some 30+ months!

VTech DM221 reviews and sales ranking on Amazon

About VTech DM221

VTech DM221 was one of the earliest baby monitors released by VTech in September 2012. According to Helium10 data, it currently ships an average of 1400 units a month on Amazon. As you can see in the graph below, VTech DM221 has taken lead as the preferred audio baby monitor that has maintained several high-level reviews, 4/5.

VTech DM221 sales

This monitor has sound activation and two-way talk to baby, the two most sought-after features in monitors. If that isn’t enough to sway you it has a remotely controlled nightlight, belt clip, and mute features. This monitor might be a little more complicated to use thanks to the menu options and programming, but it is a good option for most families looking for good sound clarity and lower price.


  • 2-way talkback
  • Comes with two parents units
  • 5-level indicator
  • Rechargeable batteries
  • Long-range of up to 1000 ft. outdoors and 150ft. indoors
  • Parent unit can beep if the battery is low or if the connection between the parent unit and the baby unit is lost

Video Review of VTech DM221-2

VTech DM221 Vs VTech DM223

VTech DM221 was released in September 2012 while VTech DM223 was released four years later in May 2016. VTech DM221 is pocket-friendly given that it sells for less than $40, which is significantly cheaper than equivalent audio baby monitors by brands such as Philips Avent (see the comparison in the last section of this review). VTech DM223 comes in two color sets, pink and a silver-white option with both having two parent units.

VTech DM223-2, Pink
VTech DM223-2, Pink

The VTech DM221 with two units, the VTech DM221-2 goes for $42 and is actually one of the best-selling baby monitors of 2019. On the other hand, the DM223 with only one parent unit sells for $39. Even though DM223 has more positive reviews with an average of 4.3/5, most parents prefer the VTech DM221-2 and the VTech DM221 models. Both units are prime eligible.

VTech DM221VTech DM223
Released in Sept. 2012Released in May 2016
2-way communication2-way communication
1000 ft range outdoor and 150 ft. indoors1000 ft. outdoor and 150 ft. indoor range
10.2 x 2.4 x 8.2 inches Dimension: 4.4 x 2.6 x 1.8 in
Uses DECT 6.0 TechnologyUses DECT 6.0 Technology
Belt clipBelt clip
Can come with two parent unitsCan come with two parent units
Sound and vibration alertsVibrating sound alert
Backlit display on the parent unitNo backlit display.
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VTech DM221 Vs. VTech DM111

While there are a few (maybe 3) main differences between VTech DM221 and VTech DM111, there is no recognizable difference in the audio quality. The table below shows the differences and similarities between VTech DM221 and VTech DM111

VTech DM221VTech DM111
Released to the market in September 2012Released to the market in March 2014 but replaced with DM1111 in 2019
1000 ft range outdoors1000 ft. range
Can have 2 parent unitsSupport up to 2 parent units
Belt clipBelt clip
More than $20Less than $20
Two-way communicationOne way communication
Baby unit powered by ACBaby unit powered by AC
Parent unit powered by AC or batteriesBaby Unit powered by AC or batteries
One year warrantyOne Year warranty
Night light/backlit displayNo backlit or night light.
Encrypted signalEncrypted signal
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Where to Buy

You can buy the VTech DM221 baby monitor on any major retailer such as Amazon, Walmart or Target. If you are outside the US and in the following countries, you can go to the respective Amazon store:

VTech DM221 Canada: In Canada, you can get your VTech DM221 using this Amazon link

VTech DM221 Australia: For those in Australia, you can purchase VTech DM221 using Amazon Australia or in your local Target store if you live in a city such as Sydney.

VTech DM221 UK: If you live in the UK, you can get this audio baby monitor from the Amazon UK site using this link.

Rest of the world: If you live in any other country in the world such as Dubai, you can use the US link here.

VTech DM221 Manual

You can download the VTech DM221 manual.

VTech DM221 Battery and Battery Life

From the marketing materials such as those you’ll find on Amazon, VTech DM221-2 has a battery life of up to 18 hours which is considered very long. You should note that the parent unit is powered by batteries or the AC and you’ll be relying on AC entirely to power the baby unit. After using VTech DM221-2 for a period of 3 to 6 months parents have uncovered that the VTech DM221’s battery life is less than 2 hours and have had to depend on the AC to power the parent unit as well. Given that the VTech audio baby monitors are sold at a very low price, you should plan for some disappointment with battery life. You should also read out guide on baby monitor batteries.

VTech DM221 Charger (AC Adapter)

If you currently own a VTech DM221, you may have realized that its chargers or VTech DM221 power adapters do not last. This goes back to the problem of opting for cheap baby monitors. You can, however, get a VTech DM221 charger on Amazon here. The T Power VTech charger is compatible with both the baby and the parent unit. It also has a long cord of up to 6.6ft. If you are having any problems with VTech DM221, you should contact VTech customer service. You may need to read our few tips on how to deal with VTech customer service.